Junior Lukas Petersen scored the game-winning goal 3 minutes, 52 seconds into overtime to lead the Hobart College soccer team to a 3-2 win over Nazareth College in a non-conference game played at Cozzens Field this afternoon. The Statesmen improve their record to 5-2-2 overall, and Nazareth is now 2-5-2 this year.
The first half saw all of the scoring in regulation. Hobart got on the scoreboard first 3:30 into the game when sophomore Caetano Sanchez scored his first collegiate goal. First-year Eli Vitale collected the rebound off a shot by senior Kevin McCarthy and sent a quick pass to Sanchez who fired a shot into the back of the net from right in front of the goal.
In the 12th minute, Vitale scored a goal of his own off a crossing pass from McCarthy from the left side. Vitale’s goal put Hobart up 2-0, and was his first as a Statesmen.
Nazareth made the score 2-1 in the 31st minute, when first-year John Kerr one-timed a pass from first-senior Sean Dorman into the back of the net. In the 42nd minute, the Golden Flyers were able to tie up the game at two when first-year Ryan Foley beat a Statesmen defender for a one-on-one with junior Charlie Hale. Foley was able to put a shot past Hale for his third goal of the season.
In the second half, neither team was able to net the game-winning goal. The Statesmen dominated in shots taking 14, while Nazareth had just three. Hobart also earned nine corner kicks in the second half, but could not capitalize.
Early in the second half, junior Tony Yeboah had an opportunity to score the game-winner, when he broke away for a one-on-one with the Nazareth keeper, but sent a shot just wide of the right post. In the 69th minute, McCarthy banged a shot off the crossbar. In the 77th minute, after a corner kick, senior Justin Dotzman collected the ball and fired a shot at the goal that was saved by a Nazareth defender.
The Golden Flyers earned a corner kick 1:20 into overtime, but could not capitalize on it. In the 94th minute, a shot by sophomore Alex Kittelberger was blocked by one of the Golden Flyers. Thirty-one seconds later, Petersen was able to find the back of the net with an unassisted goal to give Hobart the win.
The Statesmen held a 27-12 advantage in shots, and a 12-3 edge in corner kicks. Hale finished with four saves in 93:52 minutes in goal. Nazareth’s junior goalie Kyle Connolly recorded eight saves.
Hobart returns to action on Oct. 2, when they play a non-conference game at Fredonia at 3 p.m.